Americas response to Indian Nuclear development
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The United States and democracy go hand in hand. Most would be surprised to hear that the United States does not even have the world's largest democracy. That is India's claim to fame. For the U.S., this is a good and a bad thing. It is good to have a corresponding government with another internationally important nation. However, this also poses a threat of a strong rival nation. A rival in the sense that the U.S. likes its role as the world's superpower, and it wants to keep it. The U.S. does this by keeping regional powers such as India from challenging that role. This is not reason alone for the U.S. to fear though. The reason that may cause fear is India's nuclear capabilities. That fear is strong enough to cause the U.S. to take an interest in Indian nuclear development.
[...] The Asian nations are more likely to acquire and to deploy nuclear weapons in response to this assumed authority of the West. This is because the Asian nations believe that the West views them as inferior, and the Asian nations feel the need to prove that they are not. India will need to abandon this cultural view of the West in order to acclimate the support of the U.S. For a more comprehensive look at the relationship between the U.S. [...]
[...] Attacks ensued against the troops, and the conflict escalated to the point of the Indian Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee pledged to send troops into Pakistan. The significance of this instance is the danger evoked by two nuclear powers in conflict with one another. The riff that already exists between India and Pakistan based on border disputes could easily escalate to nuclear war. India has nuclear weapons in order to protect itself from threats such as these. Because Pakistan has nuclear weapons, India believes that they too need nuclear weapons to ensure bargaining power. [...]
[...] This paper will show that India's development of nuclear weapons in the last ten years has and will affect the U.S. response culturally and politically in terms of the nation state, and in turn affect the Indian nation state culturally and politically. Findings There are two sides to this discussion: Indian and American viewpoints. Each side must be examined in order to fully understand the relationship between the two. The current state of affairs between the U.S. and India is also telling of the relationship between the two. [...]